The health benefits of a Mediterranean diet have long been flouted, but now science has found another plus point. Because turns out following a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts, whole grains and olive oil can help reduce the risk of one of the worse types of breast cancer by up to 40 per cent. Researchers monitored more than 62,000 women over a period of 20 years to see how their breast cancer risk was affected by what they ate.
The chemotherapy that I’m taking has a great reputation for doing some serious damage to cancer cells. After every chemo treatment, I get a series of needles containing neupogen. This is the medicine that boosts my white blood cells so that I have some kind of an immune system.
As part of the Art Hearts Fashion exhibition in New York’s Lower East Side, AnaOne partnered with breast cancer organization #Cancerland to combine fashion and activism. Models were pulled from all walks of life: they included a ballet dancer, a tattoo artist, a surgeon, and more — to underscore the sad fact that breast cancer is all around us. Mira Sorvino, the celebrity emcee for the night, explained that the show “shines a light on the exuberance of the women living with metastatic breast cancer.” She continued, “[The show] highlights the need for greater money and resources put into finding a cure for this insidious disease, the only kind of breast cancer that kills women.” The show itself was a fundraising event: 100 percent of all ticket sales were donated to #Cancerland.
Three weeks ago, 27-year-old Hayley Browning was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since her diagnosis, Browning has taken to Facebook to share the “trick” she says could help save lives. With the Facebook post garnering more than 130,000 shares, Hayley’s advice has already enlightened countless women. It’s also opened the floor for many breast cancer survivors to share their own unique stories.
When Sarah Valentine was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering an indentation on her left breast, she was given two options. Valentine, a mother of four from Kent, England, chose neither, instead choosing to cure her cancer (currently stage 1) by adopting an alkaline-based vegan diet.
“In the past few days, I have received quite a few private messages about a “game” going around where you post a heart, then you are secretly supposed to state it is for breast cancer awareness,” Erin Smith Chieze said in a poignant Facebook post that has been shared over 17,000 times. Chieze said that someone once posted a picture on Facebook of what breast cancer can look like (“not feel, but look like”) and that’s what helped her become more aware. In December 2015, she identified an indentation in her breast that looked similar to one of the pictures she saw, and she “instantly knew” she had breast cancer.
There have been days when I look in the mirror and think, “How can I go on TV with this?” Other days, I can’t believe I haven’t been scouted for a shampoo commercial a la Sofia Vergara. It will start falling out 15-18 days after your first chemo treatment, a day or so after your second treatment.” Quick math: First chemo Dec. 16, second scheduled for Dec 30. Dr. Arnold said to me that the most upsetting side effect to this chemo treatment is the loss of hair.
Samantha Paige in Equinox’s “Commit to Something” campaign. Samantha Paige is revolutionizing how we think about the aesthetics of breast cancer. The 41-year-old cancer survivor can be seen showing off her double mastectomy scars as she gets a floral chest tattoo in Equinox’s 2017 “Commit to Something” campaign.
One brave mother is showing the Internet the raw aftermath of fighting breast cancer while pregnant. Kimi Maxwell, from Perth, Australia, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 while pregnant with her second child. In a bid to beat the cancer, Maxwell underwent a double mastectomy while still pregnant.
An N.J. woman is suing the law firm where she worked for over a decade, saying it fired her the day after she revealed she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer.
This isn’t the first time Margeaux Collyer has been banned on Facebook for posting images of breasts. Last week, the London, Ont. woman was kicked off the site for the third time, and had over 95 images removed because of visible nipples violating Facebook’s guidelines. Collyer is a micropigment artist who works with breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast reconstruction to creates 3-D areola nipple tattoos.
A woman’s breasts “eat” dead cells left over from the breastfeeding process when she’s done lactating, effectively shrinking her breasts back down to size.
Sarah White is using her title of Miss West Virginia to try to pass legislation that will help improve medical treatment for others with breast cancer.
“A dimple appeared in my left boob not sure when. From there, the story of Claire Warner’s 14mm grade 3 invasive ductal carcinoma slowly unravels as you scroll. The 41-year-old mother of two spotted the dimple earlier in June but waited until the 30th to finally make an appointment to get it checked out.
This 10-year-old boy found a special way to honor his mother who died of breast cancer by cutting off his long hair and donating it to other cancer patients.
Christi Salcedo wants you to look at her chest. Because Christi is a breast cancer survivor and she wants the world to know about cancer and its very real, very ‘ugly’ side effects, including one vital aspect people aren’t even considering.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah sisters grew up in the same bedroom, went to the same college, worked for almost a decade at the same company and have visited over 50 countries side by side. Now every three weeks, they sit together in matching chairs and chat as their bodies are pumped full of chemotherapy drugs.
In a move that sees fashion meet science, researchers at the National University of Columbia’s School of Electric Engineering have created a prototype for a bra that could detect early signs of the disease, which affects nearly one in eight British women. What do you think about the cancer-detecting bra?
“When you think about it, the two things that make you feel most like a woman are your hair and your breasts,” explains Mary Aframe, the founder of the Women’s Image Center outside of Boston. “One of the oncologists I work with told me that he asks his patients ‘What was the hardest part of treatment?’ And 85% say losing their hair.” That statistic isn’t surprising to Aframe, who founded her business with the understanding that helping manage the radical changes in a woman’s appearance during cancer treatment is a crucial part of healing. Today women come to WIC to get help with wigs, breast prosthesis, or even find a bathing suit specifically designed for mastectomy patients. The idea for The Women’s Image Center came to Aframe 16 years ago.
Joanne Jodry, left, before undergoing chemotherapy and after the treatment started, at right. Jodry said the state Motor Vehicle Commission wouldn’t let her use an old driver’s license photo showing her with long blond hair. Neptune City resident Joanne Jodry told the Asbury Park Press she went to renew her driver’s license last week at the Freehold office and was told she couldn’t keep the old photo on her card. “I said, ‘I’m undergoing chemotherapy and I will look very different in a few months.’ And I said, 'I’d rather not take a picture.
A portrait taken of me when I was fighting breast cancer in 2010. (Photo: Misha Gravenor) The first time I found out I had an aggressive form of breast cancer my response was an immediate, ‘F#& this thing. I am way too busy to have cancer.’ I was in a great place in my career.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Assess your risk now with this handy online tool. Scientists have created a new online calculator to help predict if you’ll develop breast cancer in the near future. The calculator involves just six questions based on your age, ethnicity and race, family history of breast cancer, whether you’ve had a breast biopsy, and your breast density. The calculator was tested using data from more than 1.1 million women, aged 35 to 74.